Saffron Benefits To The Eyes

Saffron benefits to the eyes are the result of high concentrations of natural carotenoids that can help protect the lens and the retina of aging eyes.

Saffron for Macular Degeneration:
Super Spice for Eye Health

There is a lot of buzz around saffron and its ability to support optimal eye health. The benefits of saffron for the eyes are the result of high concentrations of natural carotenoids that can help protect the lens and the retina of aging eyes. Saffron helps restore structure and function of retinal cells.

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Dr Mahmood Piraee, the founder of Groupe Persavita Inc, (Montreal, Canada), and is a registered pharmacist in Quebec, Canada.

He subsequently completed a PhD in molecular and cellular biology (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada).  He shares with us how eye health nutrients may protect the retina and the lens of the eye from damage caused by oxidation.

Saffron - A Spice Rich in Carotenoids

1. Tell as about Saffron. What is it and where does it come from?

Saffron stigma is a spice, which is harvested from the fall-flowering plant Crocus sativus, a member of the Iris family, and commonly known as saffron. Stigmas from 85,000 flowers are needed to obtain about 1 kilogram of raw saffron, which after drying yields only about 200 grams of saffron powder!

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Saffron is native to Asia, and the majority of the world's saffron is produced in Iran. Saffron is usually recognized as a safe natural spice, with a distinctive pungent, honey-like flavour and aroma. The word "saffron" is derived from the Persian word za'faran, which translates to "yellow."

Nutrients Found in Saffron

2. What nutrients or vitamins are found in saffron?

Saffron is a spice that contains the antioxidant carotenoids crocin and crocetin among other ingredients, with strong antioxidative, cellular and neuro-protective properties.

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Crocin from saffron has antioxidant activity stronger than alpha-tocopherol, and can prevent the formation of peroxidized lipids, and can partly restore superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity.

The health benefits of saffron are shown to be due to these two carotenoids crocin and crocetin.

Benefits of Saffron

3. What are the health benefits of saffron?

From ancient times saffron has been used across Europe and Middle East to promote health. Based on animal and in vitro research, modern medicine has also discovered that saffron has anticarcinogenic, immunomodulating, neuroprotective, eye health and antioxidant-like properties.   

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Saffron contains carotenoids crocin and crocetin that have shown strong protective effects on retinal cells, helping restore function and structure of retinal cells damaged by oxidative stress in age-related macular degeneration.

Saffron Research

4. Share some of the research that has been done with saffron and macular degeneration.

A recent clinical study has shown that taking oral supplementation of saffron (20 mg per day) for three months in patients with early stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) induced a significant improvement of retinal function and visual acuity.

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According to the researcher that carried out the research in patients with age-related macular degeneration, “Patients' vision improved after taking the saffron pill”. This has created a hope that saffron may be the natural answer to stop or delay vision loss from macular degeneration.

Daily supplementation with saffron (20 mg/day) is needed in order to achieve the eye health benefits of saffron. Saffron has unique properties for modifying the activity level of specific genes in the retina of the eye that are involved in protection and repair of retinal cells. The beneficial effects of supplementation with saffron in early age-related macular degeneration are unique and have not been observed with other nutrients.

Recent studies have shown that the combination of saffron plus resveratrol synergistically protects photoreceptors (special cells in retina of the eye) against damage caused by intense light. This combination and its use in age-related macular degeneration is protected by patents in different countries including Canada, United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Saffron Dosage

5. How much saffron is recommended? Can we get it in our diet or is supplementation necessary?

For the eye health benefits, one needs to take 20 mg of high quality saffron per day. Yes, one can take a similar amount of saffron spice that is added to food or prepared as a tea. You need to make sure that high quality, exact quantity and authentic saffron is used.

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Supplementation with saffron is an alternative solution for health-conscious individuals who want to receive the specific dose of saffron everyday in a convenient pill and also receive the synergistic benefits of its combination with resveratrol and other eye health nutrients.

Saffron Supplements

6. What should one look for in a saffron supplement?

It is the quality of saffron! The quality depends on the quantity of its main carotenoid constituents crocin and crocetin. Saffron is cultivated in different countries with different qualities and some sources may be adulterated with artificial dyes and food colours.

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Also, one should note that Indian saffron is actually turmeric and different from saffron spice obtained from Crocus sativus. It is the Saffron from crocus that has shown eye health benefits in patients with macular degeneration.

Saffron 2020 is manufactured at a GMP-approved facility in Ontario, Canada and contains 20 mg of the highest quality saffron stigma powder from Crocus stativus flowers. Each capsult contains 20 mg saffron.

Resveratrol and Other Eye Vitamins

Saffron 2020 is the only product available that combines saffron and resveratrol with other important eye health nutrients. Saffron 2020 contains vitamin A, vitamin B2, zinc and natural carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. 

Each capsule contains 20 mg of highest quality saffron stigma powder. Saffron 2020 also contains vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, copper, and resveratrol, a naturally occurring polyphenolic compound also found in skin of red grapes. Saffron 2020 provides a full spectrum of eye health ingredients at sensible levels in a convenient once-daily capsule.

The Saffron 2020 formulation is based on the latest research into nutritional supplementation in AMD. More than a mere antioxidant, it combines the known benefits of macular carotenoids and resveratrol with crocin, a unique substance found in saffron that has been proven to improve the way genes work together to repair and maintain cells in the retina of the eye.

Nutritional supplementation with antioxidants and natural carotenoids may help reduce the risk of cellular damage from oxidative stress, maintain healthy eyesight, and may help improve quality of life in individuals affected with poor visual performance, and age-related eye health problems.

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 7. Explain the difference between Saffron 2020 and Saffron 2020-PRO.

Saffron 2020-PRO is a saffron-containing supplement for patients who want to add it to their other daily supplements that may contain high levels of vitamins and minerals. Saffron 2020-PRO is a complement to your AREDS eye vitamin supplement that already contains high doses of minerals and vitamins.

Saffron 2020-PRO includes the same quantity of high quality saffron and lutein that are found in Saffron 2020, in addition to resveratrol, zeaxanthin and 25 mg of vitamin C. Saffron 2020-PRO does not include vitamin A and may be used in people affected by Stargadt’s disease. Saffron 2020-PRO does not contain vitamin E and may be used for patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa and therefore is also suitable for those who have an allergy to soy, the source of vitamin E in the product.

8.  Saffron 2020-XP: How is it a unique eye health supplement?

Saffron 2020-XP is an eye health supplement with high levels of zinc, vitamin E and Vitamin C. It also contains saffron and other vision nutrients for macula and general eye health.

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Saffron 2020-XP contains the same quantity of vitamin and minerals as the leading supplements tested in the NIH study.  So, there are 20 mg of saffron as well as the important antioxidants like resveratol, lutein, zeaxanthin in combination with the larger doese of vitamin C and E.  Saffron 202-XP does not contain vitamin A.

Saffron 2020-XP is a stand-alone natural supplement and is not recommended to be taken with another AREDS product.  A daily dose is 2 capsules: one in the morning and one in the evening.

9.  I have certain allergies; can I take Saffron 2020, Saffron 2020-PRO or Saffron 2020-XP?

Saffron 2020 capsules are gluten-free, vegetarian, and contain no gelatin, artificial flavors, preservatives, lactose or yeast.

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Saffron 2020-PRO capsules are gluten-free, vegetarian, and contain no gelatin, artificial flavors, preservatives, lactose, yeast or soy, neither vitamin A nor vitamin E.

Saffron 2020-XP capsules are gluten-free, vegetarian, and contain no gelatin, artificial flavors, preservatives, lactose, or yeast and does not contain vitamin A.

10.  Tell us about your company and some of the credentials of those on your staff.

Dr Mahmood Piraee is the founder of Groupe Persavita Inc, (Montreal, Canada) and is a registered community pharmacist in Quebec, Canada. He has completed a PhD in molecular and cellular biology (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada) and was engaged in research management and business development in leading international biotech companies in natural products drug discovery and development (Canada and the UK) prior to founding Persavita in Canada.

He is co-inventor on several patents/patent applications, and is also co-author on several peer-reviewed publications in the field of natural products drug discovery, including research in eye health. He shares with us how eye health nutrients may protect the retina and the lens of the eye from damage caused by oxidation.

Persavita is driven by the passion of its founder and CEO Mahmood Piraee, PhD, PharmD.  As a pharmacist specializing in drug development, Dr. Piraee became frustrated when medical interventions couldn't slow a family member's age-related macular degeneration (AMD.) He embarked on a personal and professional mission to find new therapies to treat AMD, and soon found clinical studies into the impressive, untapped eye health properties of saffron.

Persavita is revolutionizing how people care for their vision. The company harnesses the power of super-spice saffron to create innovative, safe, and effective eye health supplements for age-related eye health changes.

Persavita’s mission:

Persavita creates innovative, science-based nutritional supplements for the aging population. Saffron 2020 is the company’s flagship natural health product. Saffron 2020 maintains eye health in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), supports general vision, and helps reduce the risk of developing cataracts.

Cost of Saffron 2020

11.  If someone is interested in buying Saffron 2020 supplements what should they do? 

To get more information saffron products, pricing and specials, or to purchase Saffron 2020 , Saffron 2020-PRO or Saffron 202-XP go to: or call 1-800-430-1422.  To compare the three saffron supplements go to

Persavita's saffron supplements are approved by Health Canada and are shipped daily to all corners of the world from the warehouse located in Montreal, Canada.

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